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College Students Are Spending Less On Course Materials—And More On Tech

Ed Surge – Daniel Mollenkamp

“The average college student spent $339 on course materials in the 2021-2022 academic year, or about $38 per course, according to an annual student spending survey from the National Association of College Stores, a foundation that collects information about retail in higher ed.” (more)

America’s Education Emergency

Project Syndicate – Michael R. Strain

“WASHINGTON, DC – In the fall of 2020, many local and state authorities in the United States decided not to reopen schools for in-person learning. This will be remembered as a shameful failure by policymakers to get their priorities straight. Absurdities abounded. In Georgia, adults could enter tattoo parlors, but fifth graders could not go to math class. In many states, adults could gather in a bar, but children were forced to sit in front of computer screens, receiving online lessons that, in many cases, were equivalent to no schooling at all.” (more)

Why students need to know about digital literacy

The Hindu – Ruchir Arora

“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) defines digital literacy as “the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful actions within life situations.” With the pandemic hastening the pace at which digital technology is being adopted across sectors, students need to know to use it safely and effectively. Many youngsters use a range of technological tools, but this does not mean that they use the same tools for learning. Here are a few ways in which students can be taught about digital literacy:” (more)

How online math learning can make math more fun for early learners

India Today – Staff Writer

“There are hardly any kids who have Math as their favourite subject as it can be quite daunting, especially in K5 learning. Many adults share experiencing nightmares of failing their math exams even long after school. Some even use fear before the math exam or its results as a reference for different life situations. That is the scare math children experience from a very young age. However, there are ways to make the subject more interesting for them and less scary.” (more)

Why Should We Learn Foreign Languages?

The Bates Student – Willa Wang

“How many languages can you hear at Bates? You might see students gathered at the language tables in the Commons. Your friends hurry on their way to language classes at noon, or maybe hear others chatting in another language. Language is the tool we use to communicate, but why do we need different languages in one community? How important is learning languages? What does learning a foreign language mean to liberal art education? Or, do you want to learn another language?” (more)

Having Students Learn by Teaching

Edutopia – Jason Abril

“After the initial energy and excitement of the early school months, the fall and winter seasons bring the annual challenge of maintaining student engagement. This precise point in the school year provides teachers with an opportunity to sustain crucial student engagement through project-based learning (PBL) that allows for collaboration and student choice.” (more)

Should college students follow the money?

The Hill – DAVID WIPPMAN AND GLENN C. ALTSCHULER

“President Biden’s recent student loan forgiveness program has triggered a robust debate, much of it premised on the assumption that Americans should judge a college degree and a student’s major on a single criterion: How much money will the graduate make and what will be the return on investment?” (more)

Extending Penmanship Lessons Beyond Elementary School

Edutopia – Chie Sipin-Bjarenas

“Researchers such as Steve Graham have recognized the need for teachers to be equipped with skills in handwriting instruction. They have suggested that schools and teachers needed to adopt whole-school approaches and language in this area of instruction to ensure successful results.” (more)

10 Family Values To Instill In Your Children

Moms – Ashley Wehrli

“There are always things that moms want to teach their children, and make sure they know as they go through life. These are things like kindness, responsibility and empathy, and they can be hard things to teach children because adults just do them without even thinking about them.” (more)

How can apprenticeships boost high school completion?

K-12 Dive – Lauren Barack

“Apprenticeship programs are a growing focus in the U.S. These offer students a different path than college, helping to engage those who may not be interested in furthering their academic interests. Apprenticeships can also help to boost pupils’ future earning potential and encourage them to remain in school.” (more)